So what options does the governor have now after a sales tax bill failed to get approval that would replaced over 500-million dollars in expiring taxes? Political consultant Roy Fletcher says the governor may have to accept the House plan, which would set the sales tax rate at 4.3 percent after July 1st.
“What he has to do is come back with the notion to not be greedy
and figure out how to get a third of a penny, get some money, make some cuts
where he can and get the hell out of here.”
are at odds with each other, as House Republicans do not want to go over a 4.3% sales tax rate and the Senate supports a 4.5% rate. Fletcher
says everyone has to compromise.
“Somebody’s got to give and take here and I think that the House
has basically made their offer at the third and the Senate made theirs and now
somebody is going to have to figure out how to put these two together and it
has to be the governor.”
the politics of the situation has already done damage to the dysfunctional
perception of our government’s competence.
“It just demonstrates the failure of all state government to work
and they are all going to have to live with that.”
fiscal year closing up on June 30th, we await the governor’s call for a third